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Research as a key to promoting and sustaining innovative practice.

Hynes DM. Research as a key to promoting and sustaining innovative practice. The Nursing Clinics of North America. 2000 Jun 1; 35(2):453-9.

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During the past decade, we have witnessed increasing emphasis on the integration of research and clinical care with the evolution of evidence-based practice and best practices. The principles underlying evidence-based medicine and best practices are fundamental to understanding the interdependence of research and innovation. These principles helped guide the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Nursing Innovations Task Force to review and critique programs at VA health care facilities across the United States. This article reviews how the task force applied concepts and principles of evidence-based practice to identify innovative practices at VA health care facilities. Also described are task force recommendations to foster innovative practice through increased nursing research capacity, and strategies are suggested for applying these principles in other health care settings.

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